ElectraNet welcomes news from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) that it has approved funding for the proposed new, high-voltage transmission line for the Eyre Peninsula, known as Eyre Peninsula Link.

In May 2020, ElectraNet submitted its funding application, known as a Contingent Project Application, to the AER and today’s approval is the final regulatory approval required under the National Electricity Rules.

ElectraNet Chief Executive, Steve Masters, said the approval was another important milestone for the project which will improve power security and reliability to Eyre Peninsula households and businesses. It will also provide a boost to the local economy through construction jobs and use of local suppliers.

“Following this approval and subject to obtaining the other required project approvals, we plan to begin construction works in March 2021,” Mr Masters said.

“Building a new, 270 kilometre high-voltage transmission line and upgrading five of our electricity substations is expected to take about 18 months to complete, with the new power line planned to be energised in December 2022.

“Improving power delivery to the Eyre Peninsula is part of ElectraNet’s commitment to provide reliable and affordable electricity transmission services to meet the state’s current and future needs.”

In August, ElectraNet and early works contractor Downer Infrastructure Projects, hosted two successful Local Industry Briefings for businesses interested in getting involved in the project.

More than 100 local and state-based businesses attended the online briefings to learn about the project, tendering process, work packages and how they can get involved.

Following the briefings, interested businesses were encouraged to register their details for a project database which will be provided to the successful contractor who will deliver the project.

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